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“I’m Happy AND I’m Sad”: Toddlers and “Mixed-Together” Feelings

    Down comes 2 1/2 year old Sasha’s foot in the mud puddle. She squeals in delight as the water splashes up her leg. Sasha repeats this over and over, only stopping when she excitedly notices a worm in another puddle. A most magical aspect of caring for my children as toddlers (and later …

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Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them

Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them As parents, we can all agree that our children are important. But when the day is filled with school drop-off and pick-up, trips to the store, soccer practice, play dates, cleaning, mealtime, and loads more, it can sometimes feel like a challenge to be mindful in our …

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Spring Into STEAM

Spring Into STEAM As your child gets to be preschool and kindergarten age, you might hear a lot of talk about the importance of STEAM, or its earlier version STEM. STEAM is an acronym for: Science Technology Engineering Art Math STEAM (and STEM) is a way for educators and parents to help children combine different …

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Utilize and Support Area’s Programs Fighting Abuse

What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is …

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Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression

Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression It’s not uncommon for children to argue over a toy or become frustrated when they are told “no.” Fighting and aggression—whether it’s in the form of name calling, pushing, hitting, or refusing to share—are common responses when children lack problem-solving skills. It’s important to teach young children the value …

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Strategies For Giving Instructions

Strategies For Giving Instructions It seems straight-forward enough: “Please go brush your teeth.” But 5-minutes later, you find your child playing in their room, their teeth unbrushed and still covered in the night’s dinner. At first glance, it’s easy to assume that your child is purposely ignoring you or refusing your request. But, in many …

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Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better

Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better During an epic meltdown, it can be hard to reason with your toddler or preschooler. But how do you reach them when they are not in control of themselves? For many families, time-outs have become a frequently used parenting tool for exhausted parents. …

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Traveling While Potty Training

Traveling While Potty Training It’s a huge triumph when your toddler starts successfully using the potty at home. But how do you keep up your child’s progress when you are traveling? It takes lots of practice and opportunities to make the connection between using the potty at home to different environments and situations. With Spring …

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Grandparenting In A Busy, Modern World

  For most of us who are grandparents, time with our grandchildren is a gift. We build a satisfying relationship based on the time we spend together and communicate in between visits. And that may be all we want or need. However, every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and …

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Sharing Between Siblings

Sharing Between Siblings Witnessing your children argue over a toy—which hasn’t been played with by either child in months—it becomes clear why seasoned parents of siblings like to joke that when it comes to having multiple children you have to buy two of everything. Sharing is challenging for all children—and siblings are no exception. This …

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